One day, Jesus was with his disciples and He asked, “Who do people say I am?” They said, “some say John the Baptist, others say the prophet, Elijah.” Then he asked, “who do you say I am?” Had they been listening?
Peter said, “You are the Messiah.” Exactly. Jesus was the “chosen one,” the Son of God. He had come to earth not to save Israel by overthrowing the Romans and setting up an earthly kingdom. He’d come to die on a cross, be raised from the dead, and save people from their sin.
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse…[L]et us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”
Who do you say He is?